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Jon Batiste Is King of the 2022 Grammy Nominations

The pianist, singer, composer, and bandleader receives a whopping 11, ahead of Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga's six and the late Chick Corea's four

Jon Batiste
Pianist and singer Jon Batiste (photo: Oliver Schrage)

Today (Nov. 23) is a great day to be Jon Batiste. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) has just nominated the 35-year-old Louisiana native for a whopping 11 Grammy Awards across a range of categories, including jazz. Eight of those nominations—Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Traditional R&B Performance, Best R&B Album, Best American Roots Performance, Best American Roots Song, Best Contemporary Classical Composition, and Best Music Video—recognize his 2021 album We Are, or songs appearing on that album (“Freedom” gets the nod for Record of the Year and Best Music Video, “I Need You” takes the traditional R&B category, “Cry” gets the two American Roots honors, and “Movement 11′” captures the classical nomination). The other three—Best Improvised Jazz Solo, Best Jazz Instrumental Album, and Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media—draw from Batiste’s collaboration with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross on the soundtrack to the 2020 Disney animated film Soul.

Also doing well in the nominations department are Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, whose 2021 album Love for Sale is officially the 95-year-old Bennett’s last studio recording. Love for Sale garnered three nominations—Album of the Year, Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical—while the album track “I Get a Kick Out of You” picked up three more (Record of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and Best Music Video).

The late Chick Corea has long been a favorite at the Grammys, with 25 wins. Now he’s been nominated for four more awards: Best Improvised Jazz Solo (for “Humpty Dumpty [Set 2]” from the 2021 album Akoustic Band LIVE), Best Jazz Instrumental Album (for the same Akoustic Band release), and—somewhat surprisingly—Best Classical Compendium for his 2020 solo piano album Plays, plus a share of the Best Latin Jazz Album award for Eliane Elias’ Mirror Mirror, which credits Corea and Chucho Valdés as featured guests.

Other jazz artists with multiple nominations include Terence Blanchard (Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Absence, his 2021 recording with the E-Collective and the Turtle Island Quartet, and Best Improvised Jazz Solo for his performance on that album’s title track), Robert Glasper (Best Traditional R&B Performance for Leon Bridges’ “Born Again” and Best Progressive R&B Album for Dessert, his latest Dinner Party collaboration with Kamasi Washington, Terrace Martin, and 9th Wonder), and Arturo O’Farrill (Best Latin Jazz Album for Virtual Birdland and Best Instrumental Composition for the title track of Dreaming in Lions). Noteworthy jazz artists nominated in non-jazz or jazz-adjacent categories include Ledisi (Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Ledisi Sings Nina) and Norah Jones (same category for …’Til We Meet Again), while Brandee Younger (“Beautiful Is Black”), Vince Mendoza (“Concerto for Orchestra: Finale”), and the late Lyle Mays (Eberhard) all joined O’Farrill in receiving nominations for Best Instrumental Composition. And Ricky Riccardi, whose book Heart Full of Rhythm: The Big Band Years of Louis Armstrong was excerpted in JazzTimes last year, is in the running for Best Album Notes as a result of his work on the Mosaic boxed set The Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia and RCA Victor Studio Sessions 1946-1966.

A complete list of nominations in the jazz categories and the closely related Best Contemporary Instrumental category is below.

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

  • “Sackodougou”
    Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, soloist
    From The Hands of Time (Weedie Braimah)
     
  • “Kick Those Feet”
    Kenny Barron, soloist
    From Songs From My Father (Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trios)
     
  • “Bigger Than Us”
    Jon Batiste, soloist
    From: Soul (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 
     
  • “Absence”
    Terence Blanchard, soloist
    From Absence
     
  • “Humpty Dumpty (Set 2)”
    Chick Corea, soloist
    From Akoustic Band LIVE

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

  • Jazz Selections: Music from and Inspired by Soul
    Jon Batiste
     
  • Absence
    Terence Blanchard Featuring the E-Collective and the Turtle Island Quartet
     
  • Skyline
    Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette & Gonzalo Rubalcaba
     
  • Akoustic Band LIVE
    Chick Corea, John Patitucci & Dave Weckl
     
  • Side-Eye NYC (V1.IV)
    Pat Metheny

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Best Latin Jazz Album

  • Mirror Mirror
    Eliane Elias with Chick Corea and Chucho Valdés
     
  • The South Bronx Story
    Carlos Henriquez
     
  • Virtual Birdland
    Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
     
  • Transparency
    Dafnis Prieto Sextet
     
  • El Arte Del Bolero
    Miguel Zenón & Luis Perdomo

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

  • Double Dealin’
    Randy Brecker & Eric Marienthal
     
  • The Garden
    Rachel Eckroth
     
  • Tree Falls
    Taylor Eigsti
     
  • At Blue Note Tokyo
    Steve Gadd Band
     
  • Deep: The Baritone Sessions, Vol. 2
    Mark Lettieri

Go here to see the complete list of 2022 Grammy nominees.

The 64th Grammy Awards show will air Monday, Jan. 31, on CBS, and stream live and on-demand on Paramount+ from 8–11:30 p.m. ET / 5–8:30 p.m. PT. Awards not presented during the show will be given out prior to the telecast at the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony, streamed live on grammy.com and the Recording Academy’s YouTube channel.